Liberato Cacace

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Liberato Cacace
Personal information
Full name Liberato Gianpaolo Cacace
Date of birth (2000-09-27) 27 September 2000 (age 18)
Place of birth Wellington, New Zealand
Playing position Full-back
Club information
Current team
Wellington Phoenix
Number 13
Youth career
Island Bay United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016– Wellington Phoenix Reserves 23 (0)
2018– Wellington Phoenix 33 (1)
National team
2017 New Zealand U-17 8 (1)
2019– New Zealand U-20 3 (0)
2018– New Zealand 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 April 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 June 2019

Liberato Gianpaolo Cacace (born 27 September 2000) is a New Zealand professional footballer who plays as a full-back for Wellington Phoenix in the A-League.

Club career[edit]

Island Bay[edit]

As a youth, Cacace played for Island Bay United[1] and was also a representative player of Capital Football for two years in their 1999 squad.[2] He was chosen by former Wellington Phoenix and All Whites coach Ricki Herbert to be part of his junior elite academy.[2]

Cacace also played for his school team at St Patrick's College in Wellington, helping them win the Wellington Premier Youth football league, scoring in the 2–1 final against Hutt International Boys' School.[3]

Wellington Phoenix Reserves[edit]

Cacace started playing for the Wellington Phoenix Reserves in the New Zealand Football Championship in the 2016-2017 season, making 8 appearances, including 4 starts.[4]

During the winter season, Cacace played with Wellington Phoenix feeder club Wellington United in the local Central League.[5]

Wellington Phoenix[edit]

On 2 February 2018, Cacace made his debut for the senior side, coming on as a substitute in a 4–0 defeat against Sydney FC in the A-League.[6][7] Following the end of the 2017-18 A-League season, and having made seven appearances for the club, Cacace signed a two-year professional contract with Wellington Phoenix.[8] Cacace scored his maiden A-League goal against Central Coast Mariners in an 8-2 victory on 9 March 2019.[9]

International career[edit]

Cacace was part of the New Zealand U-17 team that won the 2017 OFC U-17 Championship, where he scored one goal. This meant that the team qualified for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India. Cacace then played at the FIFA U-17 World Cup,[10] making his World Cup debut in the 1–1 draw with Turkey,[11] before starting again in a 4–2 loss to Paraguay[12] and a 3–1 loss to Mali.[13]

Cacace was selected to join the All Whites squad in the 2018 Intercontinental Cup in June 2018.[14] He made his All Whites debut in Mumbai on 5 June 2018, against Chinese Taipei, in a 1-0 victory.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Cacace attends St Patrick's College in Wellington.[16] He is of Italian descent.[17]





  1. ^ "Island Bay United Association Football Club". Facebook. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Club Garibaldi News" (PDF). Club Garibaldi. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  3. ^ Hyslop, Liam (29 August 2017). "St Pat's Town rejoice in unexpected football triumph". Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Liberato Cacace Profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  5. ^ Singh, Anendra (23 April 2017). "Football: Rovers succumb heavily against Wellington United in Napier". Hawkes Bay Today. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  6. ^ Rollo, Phillip (2 February 2018). "Sydney FC swat Wellington aside as Phoenix punished for costly mistakes".
  7. ^ "Wellington Phoenix Squad: Round 20 v Sydney FC". Wellington Phoenix. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Wellington Phoenix bring back Andrew Durante and Liberato Cacace for coming season". 18 May 2018.
  9. ^ Rollo, Phillip (9 March 2019). "Wellington Phoenix climb into top-four after thumping Central Coast Mariners 8-2".
  10. ^ "New Zealand U-17 coach Danny Hay has delivered a clear message to his squad ahead of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India". New Zealand Football. Archived from the original on 2 February 2018. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  11. ^ "New Zealand v Turkey Match Report". Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  12. ^ "New Zealand v Paraguay Match Report". Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  13. ^ "New Zealand v Mali Match Report". Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  14. ^ Voerman, Andrew (27 May 2018). "Nothing changes for schoolboy footballer Liberato Cacace despite his rapid rise". Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Football: All Whites win scrappy encounter over Chinese Taipei". New Zealand Herald. 6 June 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  16. ^ Rollo, Phillip (25 April 2018). "Back to school for Wellington Phoenix teenager Liberato Cacace". Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  17. ^ Rollo, Phillip (4 February 2018). "Wellington boy Liberato Cacace makes Phoenix debut at 17". Retrieved 6 June 2018.

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